Burda February 2014 Review

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I have a running hypothesis with just about all pattern magazines that the number of patterns I like in an issue is inversely proportional to the attractiveness of the cover. Hence I was stoked to receive this month’s issue of Burda UK in my mailbox because… well, just look at that fugliness! It reminds me of the color scheme of every bathroom in the Midwest I can remember from the 80’s. Let’s see if the patterns live up to the cover… Continue reading

Indie Patterns – Worth The Price?

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Okay, I’m the first to admit that I’m thrifty. Really, it’s a genetic thing! My ancestors were all frugal Yankee farmers – I  can remember my relatives wrapping stray bits of string into a big ball and making sausages from scary scraps of meat. I learned from them to be frugal with my purchases, but recently it occurred to me that perhaps my thrifty ways are not as cost-effective as I thought. Especially when it comes to purchasing my sewing patterns. Let me explain what I mean. Continue reading

My Favorite Pattern-of-the-Week: A Batwing Top

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Hancock Fabrics recently had one of their 99c pattern sales for at least one of the big 4 companies.  They also had a sale on Kwik Sew patterns.  I always give Kwik Sew patterns a look – they seem to have a lot of nice looking basic, functional patterns for wardrobe building.  I was perusing the catalogs looking for a nice basic skirt pattern for my daughter, whose next cosplay outfit is going to be Jade Harley wearing God Tier.  She’s from something called HomeStuck. Continue reading

Born on this day – Christian Dior

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Christian Dior, always a favorite among the sewing and fashion set, was born January 21, 1905 in Normandy, France.  For fashion historians and lovers of vintage style Dior is best known for his “New Look” which emerged right after World War Two. The “New Look” was presented in 1947 and was seen as a fashion revolution that brought women out of the boxy, rationed designs from the war years into voluptuous, excessive glamour. Dior is cited as being the designer who brought fashion back to Paris with his “New Look”. Continue reading

C is for Christine Jonson Patterns

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For my third project, the letter C, in my quest to  Sew All 26 160 I chose a Christine Jonson Pattern. Recently Christine Jonson had a holiday sale and there was a 30% discount on sewing patterns. That was enough of a savings on a single pattern to cover the shipping cost. Since I can never pass up a bargain, the time was right for me to try the Christine Jonson pattern line! I immediately ordered pattern #107, the Tie-back Top.  Continue reading

Seeking a Winter Dress – Kwik Sew 4026

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I’ve been making dresses all summer long – mostly sleeveless ones from stretchy polyester fabrics.  I love wearing dresses!  They’re comfortable and cool.  I think men are definitely missing out in the comfort department.

But it always seems to me that as soon as September rolls around, it starts getting cold mighty fast.  Then I usually abandon my bright-colored floral dresses for darker colored pants.  But my waistline seems to “improve” each year, making it harder and harder to fit into the small selection of pants that I purchased in 2007.  Thankfully I’ve been slowly adding stretchy yoga-type pants to my wardrobe. Continue reading

Wardrobe Wakeup by Lois Joy Johnson – A Review

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“The Wardrobe Wake Up” by Lois Joy Johnson.
I love books on wardrobe building so I loved “The Wardrobe Wake Up” by Lois Joy Johnson. I thought it brought forth a lot of sound and moderate advice. For anyone who sews, this information will work as a guide to help you find the right patterns to build your wardrobe from scratch. I did think the book could have used more detailed photos – like on how to tie scarves. I also think many readers would have loved to see some of Johnson’s ideas in plus sizes, i.e. the cropped pants. Continue reading

Hot Patterns 1167: La Strada T-Shirt


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The self-proclaimed “Fast & Fabulous” La Strada T-Shirt is a recent release from Hot Patterns. I received it in the mail a couple of weeks ago and sewed it up immediately since it did seem like a quick project. There are only four pieces to the pattern: front, back, yoke, and front facing. It took a little longer to put together than a regular t-shirt with all the gathers, but I think the extra effort was worth it.

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Tish Gance of HISS Studio – A modern sewing studio

logo HISSTish Gance will be teaching members of Denver Sewing Collective how to obtain perfect fit with sewing patterns at the Fit Fest. Tish owns the sewing studio HISS Studios – in Denver, Colorado and we are so lucky to have her present this class. 

Tish has been sewing for over 30 years and started sewing about the same time she started working on cars as a teen. Her first sewing projects were cat toys and she sewed her own fancy dress for a relative’s wedding at the age of 10. 

Tish is very much in to vintage patterns and styles and finds wonderful ways to modernize them for her body type and sense of fashion. Tish has been teaching others the art of sewing for about 10 years and loves getting others jazzed about sewing and making beautiful things to wear. 

Tish found a need for quality sewing classes at affordable prices. Classes that offered an in depth look at technique and the why’s of construction. In order to be able to give her students as many options as possible to execute quality results, Tish has extensively studied the fine art of sewing and has ventured into pattern modification to hone her skills. Tish also enjoys drafting her own designs and patterns for herself. 

A little over a year ago Tish decided to take her sewing classes to a dedicated space in Denver. There she teaches a variety of sewing classes to all levels of seamstresses (or sewers, whichever one might call themselves). Her classes are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sunday afternoons.

If you are in the Denver and would be interested in learning more about Tish and HISS Studio please check out her website for contact information and classes listed.

“Attack on Titan” – A Cosplay Jacket and Shirt

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My daughter attended Nan Desu Kan 2013 last September.  2012 was the first year she attended but this year she wanted to go in costume!  One of her favorite anime shows is “Attack on Titan” and she wanted to attend as one of the soldiers:

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I nearly had a heart attack!  She would need a custom made shirt, jacket (with embroidered patches), strapping, and a “skirt”.  Thankfully I knew I could buy the pants and the boots.  And I would need to complete all of this in about a month. Continue reading